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post #1 of 16 Old 04-26-2009, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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Children at Horse shows

At my horse show yesterday there were about a million little kids as usual. In the warm up ring I was cut off several times by little children darting unpredictably in and out on their ponies. This I am used to. This I can handle. But while I am in my class, thats right in the show ring competing, a very large dirt clod wizzes directly in front of my horses face. It was less than a foot from hitting him directly in my eye. I look over and see the little boy who threw it. His eyes grow wide and his mouth drops open at my glare. I have half the mind to dismount and give him a talking to, but I ride on. I end up placing second on a frazzled horse. Turns out he's not used to people attempting to stone him in the show arena and it made him a little upset. I went and talked to the people running the show after my class and they said they would make an announcement about children staying away from the rail. If they ever actually made that announcement it was after I had left.

I understand that there are a lot of little kids in that show circut. I understand that they are not going to be under control 100% all of the time. But if your kid doesn't know better than to throw rocks at horses than he shouldn't be at a horse show at all. When I think of all the things that could have happened if that dirt klod had hit hershey in the eye my blood boils. I absolutly blame his parents. Teach your kids horse basics before you let him lose at a show. You know like don't stand right behind the horse, watch where you are going when ridding, and don't throw things at horses, especially mounted horses.
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post #2 of 16 Old 04-28-2009, 06:51 AM
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Thats horrible! Too bad you didnt have time to find the kids parents and tell them.

We have a lot of kids at our shows but I have to say most of them are great and very respectful

My pet peeve is dogs running loose. Ughhh. Or people leaving dogs in a stall barking all night. My poor horse at one show got no rest as the stall behind him was full of yapping puppies.

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post #3 of 16 Old 04-28-2009, 06:59 AM
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Gah I see it all the time. Mother riding at shows while they don't bother to find a babysitter for their kids so they are bored hanging about cause trouble. It is very frustrating and so irresponsible of the parents. Horses are big animals with minds of their own and children should not be left unattended around them.
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post #4 of 16 Old 04-28-2009, 11:19 AM
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I had an experience like that at my last show, but it didn't end quite as well... 2-Pak's first time under saddle in a show, and a couple kids decided to run across the aluminum bleachers shooting water guns. I'm not sure if it was the noise or the water that hit his hindquarters, but 2-Pak flipped out, and I just barely got him off the rail and away from the other horses as he started doing a very impressive imitation of a bucking bronc.
He's a pretty spooky horse to begin with, but I had him all desensitized to the sights and sounds pre-show, best I could.
Then, several classes later, I spotted those exact same kids nearing the fenceline as I trotted out Bandit in his halter class. They ran around with their water guns again, but fortunately didn't disturb any horses this time.
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post #5 of 16 Old 04-28-2009, 11:25 AM
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That is so frustrating. It is a shame anymore that so many parents do not even attempt to control their kids or teach them respect. I was going to horse shows the entire time I was growing up and I was either sitting in the bleachers with my mom or my brother and I were playing under the bleachers where the horses couldn't see us. I almost hate to sound harsh but some of those kids would benefit from having the crap kicked out of them when they do something stupid like that.

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post #6 of 16 Old 04-28-2009, 11:29 AM
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at the show I was at recently they kept announcing about keeping dogs and kids on leashes. everyone laughed but I think there was a little trutht to the kids on the leash
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post #7 of 16 Old 04-28-2009, 02:14 PM
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Ugh, I hate that!

I mean, I have no problems with well behaved kids, or well trained dogs offleash at the stable are outside. But otherwise it is just a PITA

Last summer, this group of young (like 5) kids started chucking mud at me and some other kids while we were in our show clothes! Eeeek, I was on my last pair of clean breeches too with 2 days of the show left
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post #8 of 16 Old 04-28-2009, 11:03 PM
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I hate that so much. I guess its because i know for a fact that when i was that age if i did anything like that my parents wold not wait for me to be out of sight to tan my hide!
I remember one time a girl was getting ready for a barrel race and one of the kids ran in front of her horse scared everyone half to death including the girl and the horse....both were so unfocused after that and knocked all 3 of their barrels.

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post #9 of 16 Old 04-29-2009, 11:16 AM
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wow, that would have really irritated me! I would have definately had a stern talking to with the kid and then his parents. Where were the parents in all of this?!
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that probably would got me killed my horse is so flighty he will go in and do his job but if for any reason he can get stupid he will . .. good thing you have a well behaved horse but still people should have the respect to leash their kids lol or leave them home with a babysitter or grandparents what need be..

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